Welcome to the Bureau of Meteorology portal for GovHack 2018

There are three datasets being highlighted as a part of GovHack 2018. The first of these is our verification dataset available through data.gov.au. The second is a geospatial API known as the Geofabric. The third is the Australian Water Landscape Balance data. There are also additional data resources available.

The information here summarises the contents of those datasets and describes how you can get started working with each.

Verification Dataset

The verification dataset contains three years of matched forecasts and observations at various key locations around the country. This can be used to explore the relationship between forecasts and actual weather, the variability of forecasts, or the range of observed weather conditions which have occurred in the past. The data package can be downloaded from the data.gov.au portal: Bureau of Meteorology Verification Datasets. A data brochure is provided which provides more detailed information about the data and the relevant metadata, as well as some basic examples of how to load and work with the data in the Python programming language.

Geospatial APIs

One of our geospatial APIs is known as the Geofabric. This is a digital database of surface and groundwater features that registers the spatial location and relationships between important hydrologic features, such as rivers, water storages, catchments and aquifers. The Geofabric is most commonly used to identify drainage networks and contributing catchment areas, and at the finest level of detail includes ~1.4 million streams and 1.5 million catchments.

This National dataset includes 33 spatial layers and 11 relationship tables, and is available as both WMS & WFS. Further information can be found at http://geofabric.bom.gov.au/documentation/

Australian Landscape Water Balance

The Australian Landscape Water Balance is an interactive website which provides Australia-wide information on key landscape water balance components including soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration, deep drainage and precipitation in near real time. Data used for this product is available in the NetCDF format, and can be downloaded from the web site from the left-hand menu after selecting a dataset on that menu.

Additionally. Web Map Service (WMS) data be accessed from the Bureau's THREDDS server. Below are some examples of WMS requests for the parameter of Total rootzone soil moisture (0-100 cm):

Additional Bureau Datasets

The Bureau of Meteorology has a broad range of data which is available to the public in a wide variety of sources. Competitors are welcome to utilise any of these sources during the competition.

The three datasets described on this page have been chosen as an effective way for competitors to get started working with Bureau data, and find information which is both easy to work with and of interest to a broad audience.

A large set of our publically available datasets are detailed on our Catalogue / Data Feeds page on our website. These datasets are generally available via anonymous FTP, as detailed on that page.

Spatial data of Bureau boundaries, including a user guide, are also available on our FTP.

Additionally, the Bureau's metadata catalogue contains a listing of all freely available Bureau products and metadata.

If you would like to use any alternative datasets during the competition, please feel free to get in touch with the data mentors who may be able to provide further assistance on the day.

Asking for help or obtaining further information

Bureau of Meteorlogy representatives will be present at some GovHack locations during the competition. In addition, there will be staff members available on https://govhackhq.slack.com to handle queries as they arise. Please note, the official Bureau of Meteorology Twitter account is reserved for operational purposes, so the appropriate way to get in touch is through the competition Slack instance.

The first port of call for additional technical information should be to go into the links provided above.